UK minister blocks sale of heritage Indian painting

UK minister blocks sale of heritage Indian painting

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London, Nov 18:
Britain’s arts minister has imposed an export bar on a unique watercolour painting depicting a traditional musical performance in mid-18th century northern India in an attempt to find a UK buyer for the 550,000-pound artwork.
Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, is hoping a museum would be interested in acquiring ‘Trumpeters’ by Nainsukh of Guler (1710-1778).
The painting is described by experts as a delicate miniature of a “rarely found calibre”, showing seven village musicians on a terrace, striking differing poses and faces, while energetically blowing the exceptionally long Pahari horns called Turhi, in the hill region of northern India.

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